American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division

Thursday, October 6, 2016 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (map)



MichaelCohenMichael A. Cohen
is a columnist for the the Boston Globe on national politics and foreign affairs. He is also the author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and The Politics of Division and Live From The Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America.

Michael is a frequent writer on politics and international affairs. He has previously served as a columnist for the Guardian, Foreign Policy and World Politics Review and he is the U.S. Political Correspondent for the London Observer.  His work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Foreign AffairsPoliticoWorld Policy Journal, Democracy, the Christian Science Monitor NationDissent and Reuters Opinion.

Michael previously served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat. He has also been a fellow at the New America Foundation and Century Foundation and has been a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


knockModerator: Tom Knock, currently Interim Director of the Center for Presidential History, is Professor of History and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  He received his Ph. D. in History at Princeton.  Professor Knock works in the field of twentieth century politics and foreign policy.  His principal works are the prize-winning To End All Wars:  Woodrow Wilson and the Quest for a New World Order and the recently published The Rise of a Prairie Statesman, The Life and Times of George McGovern.  In addition, he has written numerous articles in leading scholarly journals and is co-author of The Crisis of American Foreign Policy:  Wilsonianism in the 21st Century.  Knock serves on the Editorial Board of Presidential Studies Quarterly and the Board of Trustees at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.  He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society, and he has been a Fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University.  He was as adviser and onscreen commentator for the documentary, “Woodrow Wilson,” in the PBS “American Experience” television series and in the same capacity for the History Channel series on the American Presidency, “To the Best of My Ability.”



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